I'm a somatic educator in contemporary dance and physical theater. My professional training and classes at the universities for dance and/or theatre are centered around performance, natural mobility, embodiment and presence.
The research in these subjects work with formal training, improvisation and a training of awareness. The teacher page shows the different subjects that I teach.
My background and development in contemporary dance, sitespecific theatre, physical theater, dance theater, dance and movement improvisation, contact improvisation, tai chi quan, chi kung, nei gung, i chuan, thai yoga massage and therapy, aikido, somatics, Taoist meditation, juggling, Latin dance and capoeira.
Outside the professional artistic field, I offer hands-on and solo bodywork which translates as Bodywork of Robin Berkelmans (go to website). Here I teach Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Taoist meditation, somatics, contact improvisation and Thai yoga massage.
- teaching at schools of performing arts
I teach contemporary dance at the Amsterdam University of the Arts (mime and dramateacher) and the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg since 2008.
On these two locations, I work with students (contact) improvisation, experiential anatomy and release technique. In addition, I coach the students on a artistic level in making their own work.
At Theatreschool De Trap in Amsterdam I teach in presence and authenticity, Chi Kung, physical theater, group improvisation and stage fighting.
Since 2015 I am also a teacher at the Pre education Contemporary Dance in Den Bosch, where I work with children from 10-17 who wish to go to the Universities of Dance in the Netherlands and be a professional dancer after that.
Short video of my workshop contemporary dance at Ankara University of Modern Dance
In my work I explore the inspired individual state-of-being in relation to human existence on a larger scale.
Through a direct, physical performative perspective I seek ways to communicate the essence of art, and I want to make clear the significance of this through direct experience. To convey this, I keep the relationship with the spectators open and attempt to make the spectators collaborators in the investigative and creative process.
With my most recent work, Happy Once More (2015), my approach for making work shifted - the offering and addressing of a particular theme shifted into creating a situation in which a more participatory attitude towards the audience emerges.
'Het zal wel weer hoi wezen', 'GRITT' and 'un|wind' (go to maker) were preparing me for this new development. As a kind of melting pot, I see that Happy Once More is carrying all my previous work in itself. With its simple structure it communicates clearly what my research has produced in previous years and where it has led me to.
- background as a maker
I was one of the founders of Zure Room in 2006, a physical theatre collective that was working for Orkater in 2009 and touring with their work in the netherlands. They broke up in 2011.
At the end of 2010 I made the solo GRITT at Dansmakers Amsterdam as a research.
In 2012 I put Het zal wel weer hoi wezen on the stage for Frascati Festival Breakin' Walls.
In the beginning of 2013 I made and performed un|wind together with Zeynep Gunduz. This performance was adapted to the short dancefilm Farewell, and was shown in various dancefilm festivals around the world.
In may 2014 and june 2015 I presented the eductional performance 'SWIJP' and 'Kast, Rats and Luchtkastelen; with the students of the dance teacher department at the Fontys Dance academy in Tilburg
In november 2015 I presented Happy Once More, a minimalist 3 hour performance for the Stedelijk Museum in Den Bosch
go to maker for video's and more background
Next to this I am a member of the board of artist collective Kudde...
...I am one of the keyteachers of the LEAP, which is part of the IDOCDE project, a european project on dance education and documentation. In collaboration with ICK Amsterdam.
Next to this, I am the dutch representative of french based Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung school l'Art du Chi.
Since 2014 I am a teacher of Thai Yoga massage bij ITM Amsterdam.